MFA Program Reading Events


High Altitude Writing Institute Presents 

Ron Carlson February 24th

7:00 p.m. LA 120

Ron Carlson was born in Utah in 1947; he attended then University of Utah where he received his BA and MA in English. He taught at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut for ten years, spending his summers fishing and backpacking and writing in the West. He moved in 1981 and worked for the arts councils of Idaho, Alaska, and Utah. In 1986, he began his university teaching career at Arizona State University, where he eventually became Regents' Professor and Director of Creative Writing. He is now the director of the MFA program in Fiction at UC Irvine.

Angie Chuang March 13th

Liberal Arts Building, Room 136 3:00 p.m.
Time and Place TBA 
Angie Chuang is a writer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in Creative NonfictionThe Asian American Literary ReviewVelaThe RootWashingtonian magazine, CALYX,and multiple editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and The Best Travel Writing. She is on the Journalism faculty of the American University School of Communication.

JamiePoissant March 13th

Liberal Arts Building, Room 136 3:00 p.m. 

David James Poissant’s short story collection, THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS, will be published by Simon & Schuster in March, 2014. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, One Story, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies.


ValerieBandura March 25th

Tuesday, 12:45 LA 123 (presenting to Nicole’s 607 Poetic Forms class)

Valerie Bandura


Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura received degrees from Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow.


ChrisCokinos March 28th

Friday, 3:00 LA 136

Christopher Cokinos

Christopher Cokinos is the author of Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds and The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars, both from Tarcher/Penguin. The winner of a Whiting Award, Cokinos has traveled across the world, from Greenland to Antarctica, in search of the stories of science and history that inform his writing.


AurelieSheehan April 10

Thursday, 3:00 LA 136

Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels, History Lesson for Girls and The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, as well as two short story collections, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories and Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant. Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


Ander Monson Canceled 

Ander Monson is the author of a host of paraphernalia including a decoder wheel, several chapbooks and limited edition letterpress collaborations, a website (, and five books, most recently The Available World (poetry, Sarabande, 2010) and Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (nonfiction, Graywolf, 2010). He lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona, where he edits the magazine DIAGRAM ( and the New Michigan Press.


This reading series is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Northern Arizona University's College of Arts and Letters, and Northern Arizona University's English Department.